Leading Georgia Republican proposes eliminating ballot drop boxes

A leading Georgia legislator has introduced a bill that would eliminate absentee ballot drop boxes, a tool used last November that allowed voters to drop off their ballots if they didn’t want to vote in-person due to COVID-19.

Butch Miller, the No.2 Republican in Georgia’s Republican-controlled senate and a candidate for lieutenant governor in the 2022 elections, said drop boxes were a “weak link” in guarding against voter fraud, according to a statement released by his office.

Former President Donald Trump had criticized Miller, the Georgia Senate’s president pro tempore, for not doing more to address voter fraud allegations and has said he will not support Miller’s bid for lieutenant governor.

Georgia will see two high-profile contests next year, when former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams likely takes on Republican Governor Brian Kemp in rematch of their 2018 battle. Kemp must first fend off a primary challenge from David Perdue, a Trump-backed former U.S. senator.

Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, the state’s first black senator, is up for re-election. The leading Republican candidate is Herschel Walker, a former football star at the University of Georgia and in the NFL [The Mercury News].



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